He launched a publication praising his “leadership” in the pandemic, as thousands continue to mourn and others die
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A silver coffin was placed in front of a nursing home in Brooklyn (NYC) on Sunday, and inside 6,500 copies of the cover of the newly released book of the New York governor were placed, along with photos of the deceased by coronavirus.
With this, the relatives ratified their anger against the policy applied in nursing homes by the governor Andrew Cuomo during the pandemic.
The number of covers was equal to approximately 6,500 people who have been reported dead from the coronavirus in nursing homes statewideAlthough protesters said they believe the figure is much higher.
“My mother-in-law contracted COVID in a nursing home, but died in a hospital, [por lo que] your number doesn’t count ”in the New York nursing home count, said Janice Dean, a meteorologist for the television show Fox & Friends, surrounded by approximately 50 protesters in front of the Cobble Hill Health Center.
“At first, I wouldn’t have blamed anyone (…) We were in the middle of a pandemic. But later I saw the governor in CNN and various talk shows talking about his love life and speaking of how he reduced the curve to nothing ”. But he did not apologize to the relatives of the deceased, Dean complained.
Protesters are primarily critical of Cuomo’s March 25 order that forced nursing homes to receive COVID-19 patients at the beginning of the virus outbreak.
When asked about nursing homes, Cuomo acknowledged at a COVID-19 press conference the previous Sunday that, in hindsight, his administration could have done better to protect people. “But can anyone say that a virus that targets the weak and the elderly, we can keep them safe? Nobody can say that ”, he commented, quoted by New York Post.
In the past, Cuomo has also blamed the press and Republican congressmen for accusing him of the scandal of the mass death of the elderly during the pandemic in his state.
The book “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” published on October 13, was described in its press release as a “remarkable portrait of the leadership during the crisis and a stark history of heartbreaking decisions that point the way to a more secure future for all of us. “
Many have criticized the book’s release, calling it inconsiderate, smug and rushed, as the pandemic continues to rage.
The organizer of the protest in Brooklyn, Peter Arbeeny, complained at the rally that Cuomo “has not provided us with a independent investigation to get to the truth ”.
“The families in front of you deserve to know the truth,” said Arbeeny, whose father Norman (89), a Korean War veteran, was one of at least 56 people who died of coronavirus at the site of the protests.
At the end of August, the Department of Justice (DOJ) sent a letter Washington DC to Albany (NY) requesting details on Cuomo’s controversial order that would have caused thousands of deaths in nursing homes during the pandemic.
Greg, here’s a better pic of Cuomo’s book cover. pic.twitter.com/l7RY32KT9C
– tish 🇨🇦 (@ tishcasey11) August 19, 2020
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